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Today's Features

  • Now in its 10th year, the Up and Over 10K Run in the Taos Ski Valley will hit the ground running with a challenging 6.2 mile trail run on Aug. 1. And, to celebrate trail running, there will be a presentation of nine inspirational films at the “Trails in Motion Film Festival,” on July 31.
    

Runners will have amazing views of both Kachina and Wheeler Peaks at the 10K trail run. The trail run starts at 9,207 feet with more than a 2,600-foot elevation gain in the first three miles. Because of the steep grade changes and elevation, the race is considered to be a great way for runners to test their endurance. The race be from 8 a.m.- noon on Aug. 1.
    Awards will be given following the race to the top three competitors in each age group, and in male and female divisions. The awards after party will include live music and scenic chairlift rides. Runners will have the option to take a “locals day” at Taos Cooking Studios, take a horseback ride up by Kachina Peak, llama trek in the Columbine or float along the Rio Grande River.

  • Spring and summer are wonderful times to enjoy the abundant wildflowers in Los Alamos.
    Sometimes, however, the weather does not cooperate, or a wildflower blooms at a time or location that is not convenient for viewing.
     But this shouldn’t stop local residents from knowing local wildflowers.
    The program will be 7 p.m. July 7. It is free, and no registration is required. Plant lists will be available so participants may keep track of what plants they have seen.
    The Jemez Mountain Herbarium houses 950 species of local plants. Its curator, Chick Keller, is offering to take interested visitors on a virtual wildflower walk using specimens from this collection, allowing visitors to take a field trip from the convenience of the Nature Center.
    The first indoor wildflower “walk” will introduce participants to the most accessible wildflowers in our area.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • An adoption event was held recently in Rio Rancho and was hosted by Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center — New Mexico’s largest no-kill facility. The organization would like to give its appreciate to everyone who turned out to adopt a dog, cat, puppy or kitten, and to all the volunteers who made it possible.
    Included along with adoptions was a Swimsuit and Sundress Contest.
    There were almost twice as many participants from last year.
    The event was certainly meant to be fun, but more importantly, it helps the shelter to bring animal rescue and the animals needing good homes to the forefront in the community. Most of the contestants were rescues themselves, who have found homes.
    For more information on Watermelon Mountain Ranch, animals available for adoption, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit wmranch.org.
    Courtesy photos

  • The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center Friday through Sunday.
    Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring barbecue, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer.
    This year’s event also features participation from additional local breweries to the likes of Red Door Brewing, Kaktus Brewing, Turtle Mountain Brewing and Cazula’s Brewing. Also being served inside the Santa Ana Star Center arena will be Tractor Brewing and Kelly’s Brewing products.
    New this year, as a special treat and exclusive sneak peek, each brewery has created a special Pork & Brew themed beer and they will be released during their respective tapping party events. Each tapping party event gave away 100 free admission tickets to the 12th Annual Pork & Brew for each pint served of their special Pork & Brew concoction while supplies lasted.
    • Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring “Pork & Brew Premium Lager
    • Cazuela’s Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring their “Pork & Brew Kilt Kicker”
    • Red Door Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Featuring their “Sowbelly Blond Ale”

  • Ironweed Productions celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, “Death of a Salesman.”  
    Continuing its mission to produce plays rooted in the American experience, Ironweed will again team with the Santa Fe Playhouse from July 16-Aug. 2 at the Santa Fe Playhouse.  
    The production, directed by Ironweed founder and Artistic Director Scott Harrison, features several artists in the cast returning to Ironweed, including Campbell Martin and Mary Beth Lindsey (“Our Town,” 2012), Larry Glaister (“Our Town,” 2012 and “Buried Child,” 2013), Jonathan Dixon (“Doubt: a Parable,” 2008) and Todd Anderson (“American Buffalo,” 2011).  
    Also featured are several actors new to Ironweed but well-known within the theatre community, including Elizabeth Wiseman, Peter Chapman, Jonathan Harrell, Nicholas Ballas, Warren Houghteling, Kirste Plunket, Jody Hegarty Durham and Maureen Dolan.
    Houghteling, who lives in Los Alamos, has been in many productions at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center has recently announced 22 laser light shows scheduled for July in the Nature Center.
    Every day from July 9-15, there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.
    With 12 shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone.
    Classic music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes.
    Family friendly offerings are Lasermania, Halloween Spooktacular, Summer Jam and Winter Holiday. There are also programs that combine entertainment and education, like American Pride, Laser Safari and Laser in Space.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.
    To see which show are offered on a particular day, visit the website at peecnature.org, and click on the ‘Events’ tab.

  • Eric L. Talley, a native of Los Alamos, and a leading authority on corporate law, corporate finance, contracts, and law and economics, will join the Columbia Law School faculty as Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law on July 1. He is a frequent commentator in national media and consults extensively with regulators and corporate boards on issues pertaining to fiduciary duties, governance, market structure and finance.
    He is the son of Thurman Talley, of Los Alamos and Fran Talley, of White Rock.
    Talley, a legal scholar and economist, will teach Corporations in the fall of 2015, and Corporate Finance in the spring of 2016.
    He is currently a member of the University of California Berkeley School of Law faculty, where he serves as the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor in Law, Business, and the Economy. He is also the outgoing faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.  
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    Don Bustos, of Santa Cruz, is this year’s recipient of the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.
    Friday
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. 531st Air Force Band plays patriotic and big band music. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. July 3-Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. July 10.
    Saturday
    Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Fun Run. 8 a.m. Sign up at the YMCA. $30/$20 for YMCA members/$10 youth under 14. All participants get a T-shirt and are eligible for prizes. Stick around for the children’s parade at 11 a.m.

  • Eric L. Talley, a native of Los Alamos, and a leading authority on corporate law, corporate finance, contracts, and law and economics, will join the Columbia Law School faculty as Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law on July 1. He is a frequent commentator in national media and consults extensively with regulators and corporate boards on issues pertaining to fiduciary duties, governance, market structure and finance.
    He is the son of Thurman Talley, of Los Alamos and Fran Talley, of White Rock.
    Talley, a legal scholar and economist, will teach Corporations in the fall of 2015, and Corporate Finance in the spring of 2016.
    He is currently a member of the University of California Berkeley School of Law faculty, where he serves as the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor in Law, Business, and the Economy. He is also the outgoing faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.  
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    Don Bustos, of Santa Cruz, is this year’s recipient of the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards.

  • First United Methodist Church Los Alamos invites children to the Everest Vacation Bible School.
    The theme is Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. The Bible schools is for children 3-12 years old and is from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the church and will run from July 13-17.
    At Everest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life. Children participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and eat treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos.
    Plus, participants will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Summit Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.
    Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:35 a.m. Kids at Everest VBS will also join an international mission effort, Operation Kid-to-Kid, to provide Thai-language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand.
    Register online now at firstinyourheart.org.